Portumna Forest Park Loop

MODERATE 2 reviews

Portumna Forest Park Loop is a 15.0 kilometer loop trail located near Caher, Galway, Ireland that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
15 km
ELEVATION GAIN
288 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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Great lakeshore views and quiet wooded glades await discovery through multi-access trails open to walkers and cyclists. The name Portumna derives from the Gaelic 'Port Omna' meaning the landing place of the oak tree. Portumna Forest Park covers almost 450 hectares and was formerly owned by the Clanrickarde family. There is an old abbey, now under the care of the Office of Public Works (OPW), within the Park which dates back to the 15th century. The castle nearby, on which considerable restoration work has been carried out by the OPW, dates back to the 17th century and was the seat of the Earl of Clanrickarde. The forest has many habitats from lakeshore to turlough. The main conifer tree species include Scots pine, Sitka spruce, Norway spruce, Douglas fir and larch. A programme is in place to replace recently felled trees with native oak-ash-hazel woodland under the Native Woodland Scheme. A notable feature of the park is the presence of yew and juniper in open woodland along the lake shore. The park fauna includes a large population of fallow deer while other animal species include pine marten, fox and badger. The red squirrel still has a stronghold in the park and there is also a large inland colony of cormorants nesting in one of the islands. There are 4 looped trails in the Park.

walking
6 days ago

1) Don't be put off by the distance, there are many paths in the park and you could do 1km or 20km without much doubling back. We walked through the beech grove to the loop around Bonaveen point which was about 7km.

2) This is a perfect opportunity to stretch your legs on the road from Dublin to Galway. I highly recommend it. There is a field around the car park to play with the kids. Peaceful walks around the park are abundant as well if you need to get away. We saw 2 other parties over 2 hours of walking on a Sunday afternoon.

3) I would rate the walk easy. There is not much change in elevation and the paths are all paved with gravel or asphalt; there is little danger of losing your way. If you are looking for the authentic wilderness experience though, look elsewhere.

4) The toilets at the trail head needed some maintenance at the time I was there.

Monday, March 27, 2017

very nice peaceful walk.